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Most Beautiful Gardens in Europe

Most Beautiful Gardens in Europe

From manicured French gardens to elegant palace grounds, Europe is home to some of the world’s most beautiful green spaces. These picture-perfect gardens supply equal doses of history and tranquility (as well as the ideal chance to unwind after days of busy sightseeing). From Spain to Italy and Germany to England, here are six highlights to seek out.

Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands

When you think of those classic Dutch vistas of tulips and windmills, it’s likely Keukenhof Gardens that you’re envisioning. Located roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside Amsterdam, this landmark is among Europe’s largest flower gardens. Upwards of 7 million bulbs—which comprise more than 800 different tulip varieties—are planted here each year and, come springtime, emerge in a riot of color. While only open from March to May, Keukenhof still welcomes over a million visitors each year.

Generalife Gardens, Spain

Although it’s close to the famous palace of Alhambra, Granada’s centuries-old Generalife Palace stands on its own—thanks in part to its beautiful gardens. The UNESCO-listed attraction boasts some of the most impeccably preserved Moorish gardens in Spain, which feature sculpted hedgerows, palm trees, reflecting pools, and vibrant flowers. Follow in the footsteps of sultans while you stroll through palace courtyards and enjoy the garden’s tranquility. 

Gardens of Versailles, France

The Palace of Versailles may be among the largest and most opulent of its kind, but it’s hard to compete with the enormity and splendor of Versailles’ companion gardens. First commissioned by Louis XIV and built alongside the palace, the gardens took more than four decades to complete. Sprawling across almost 2,000 acres (800 hectares), they were designed according to the classic French Garden style and feature numerous fountains, perfectly manicured lawns, an orangery, and more.

Kensington Gardens, England

One of London’s eight Royal Parks, Kensington Gardens was once a private garden attached to Kensington Palace, where members of the British royal family still reside today. In addition to its tree-lined avenues and swan-filled pond, Kensington Gardens features a number of other highlights, including the Italian Gardens and their many fountains, the gilded beauty of the Albert Memorial, and the White Garden (a memorial to Princess Diana).

Boboli Gardens, Italy

Located directly behind Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens were established by the famed Medici family during the Italian Renaissance and remain one of Florence’s prettiest oases. In addition to their verdant beauty, the gardens also house a number of sculptures and fountains, some of which date back to the 16th century.

Nymphenburg Palace Gardens, Germany

Built in the 17th century as a royal summer retreat, Munich’s Nymphenburg Palace is famous for its elegant baroque gardens. The many water features and floral parterres make the Nymphenburg Palace Gardens an ideal candidate for languorous strolling. Be sure to step into the Amalienburg hunting lodge, famed for its fantastically ornamental interior. 

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Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris

Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris

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Many visitors to France make time to visit both the Palace of Versailles and Monet's Impressionist garden at Giverny. This day trip from Paris allows you to do both. First, wander through the lush landscape around the artist’s residence, which served as inspiration for his Nymphéas (Water Lilies) series. After lunch, head to Versailles and visit Louis XIV's lavish royal palace. On particular dates, you see the fountains on display.
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Alhambra and Generalife Small Group Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets

Alhambra and Generalife Small Group Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets

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Explore the crown jewel of medieval Granada on a tour of the Alhambra, and gain skip-the-line entry to the Moorish palace and fortress complex. Together with the Generalife gardens, they form a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the Nasrid dynasty as well as Muslim, Jewish and Christian history during a walking tour with your informative guide.
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Keukenhof Gardens Guided Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Keukenhof Gardens Guided Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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See the springtime blooms of Keukenhof Gardens on a trip from Amsterdam. Drive past the remarkable tulip fields that make the Netherlands a world-famous destination for flower lovers. A guide leads you on an informative tour of Keukenhof Gardens, including thousands of tulips, narcissi, and hyacinths artfully displayed among its ponds and pavilions. You’ll find myriad possibilities for photographing each dazzling patchwork amid the gardens’ 79 acres (32 hectares). Coach transport and admission are included in your 6-hour tour.
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

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Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Generalife Gardens on this walking tour. Sail past long lines at the entrance hall with an exclusive priority access pass, and then embark upon an enriching exploration of the palace complex. See the magnificent Moorish architecture of the Nasrid palaces and a gain a glimpse into the decadent sultans who once inhabited the opulent structure. Admire panoramic city vistas from a hilltop perch; stroll through the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens and enjoy convenient round-trip hotel transportation during this exciting excursion.
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Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

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Immerse yourself in the opulence and drama of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a fully guided small-group tour from Paris to Versailles. With your skip-the-line ticket, breeze past the queue and join your expert guide for a fun and informative walk through the castle and gardens. Witness the extravagance of Louis XIV—the Sun King—who built up the massive 700-room complex, adorning the space with luxuries fit for the French monarchy.
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Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Get acquainted with Munich the easy way on a fun, flexible hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Choose a 24-hour Express Tour to check out Munich’s main highlights or a 24-hour or 48-hour Grand Tour ticket to widen your sightseeing net. Either way, settle aboard an open-top double-decker bus, listen to the enlightening onboard commentary, and enjoy panoramic views of sites such as the Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, Viktualienmarkt and more. Hop off at the stops that interest you, explore on foot and then re-board the bus at any stop you wish.
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Panoramic Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Munich by Double-Decker Bus

Panoramic Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Munich by Double-Decker Bus

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Marvel at Munich’s monuments, parks, and famous beer halls on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Combine the ease of a tour with the flexibility of independent travel and see the city sights at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour pass. Choose from multiple routes that pass all the city’s most popular attractions including the Nymphenburg Palace, Odeonsplatz, and Olympic Park. Listen to the on-board audio commentary or jump off to explore the English Garden, stroll around lively Marienplatz, or enjoy a beer (own expense) at the legendary Hofbräuhaus beer hall.
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Boboli: Gardens of the Royal Palace and Their Hidden Messages

Boboli: Gardens of the Royal Palace and Their Hidden Messages

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Explore an emerald oasis in the heart of Florence on a guided tour of the famous Boboli Gardens. Learn the history of the 16th-century royal gardens, built for Cosimo I de' Medici to adorn the Pitti Palace, and stroll through the lush expanse of manicured trees, ornate fountains and elaborate terraces with a guide. Along the way, uncover the many myths and allegories hidden among the park’s design and statuary.
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Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea

Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea

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See the capital in bloom on a full-day tour of London’s most beautiful and little-visited gardens, followed by a decadent High Tea at the Kensington Palace Orangerie. With a maximum of 4 people and private transport by black cab, you’ll enjoy the personalised attention of your guide, as you stroll around pretty rose gardens, green squares and sunken gardens. Visit the Lincoln's Inn Fields and the John Soane Museum, browse the London Garden Museum and learn about medicinal plants and flowers at Chelsea Physic Garden.
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